Here we go again. Another report from DigiTimes claims finding the iPhone 8 will be very difficult when the device launches later this year. In fact, only around 3 to 4 million iPhone 8 models will be available due to constrained supply of OLED panels.
Samsung is rumored to be the exclusive manufacturer of the OLED panels used in the iPhone 8, with a previous report claiming Apple put in a massive order earlier this year. DigiTimes doesn’t elaborate on the reason for the supposed delay.
While Samsung Display has promised to fully support Apple with regards to the supply of OLED panels, only 3-4 million OLED-based new iPhone devices will be ready for shipping before the new smartphones are unveiled at a product event slated for September
It makes sense for Apple to tap Samsung to manufacture the OLED panels destined for the iPhone 8. Just look at the Galaxy S8’s 5.8-inch AMOLED panel and you’ll understand why.
Now, whether the iPhone 8’s 5.8-inch screen will feature the same curves as seen in the Galaxy S8 remains to be seen. Several supposed mockups of the iPhone 8 have hit over the past few weeks, suggesting Apple’s take on the edge-to-edge screen craze will be a little different.
Meanwhile, there doesn’t appear to be any delays facing the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which are still expected for a fall release in abundant numbers.
In addition to a 5.8-inch OLED display, the iPhone 8 is expected to feature wireless charging, a fingerprint reader beneath the display, and a revamped dual-camera system.